Mobile phone reception in Sandy Point has until recently been very poor, particularly over the holiday period when the population swells to around 3000 people. The SPCG for many years has consulted with the appropriate authorities with the aim of obtaining a stronger signal strength, greater bandwidth to handle more traffic, and a more reliable service.
Finally, in June 2015 it was announced that the first round of funding under the Federal Government’s Black spot Program would include the installation of a tower at Sandy Point.
The new tower has now been constructed at the existing Telstra Exchange on Waratah Rd, Sandy Point and became operational in July 2016.
Results from this installation are patchy. It seems that the location of the tower to the west of the township means that some residents in the western end of the Sandy Point have improved reception. However those with dwellings east of Ryans Rise are not getting much, if any benefit from it at all.
The Sandy Point Community Group is, as a result, still in communication with Telstra to try and get improved service for those people in the eastern end of the township. We recently sought funding through the State Government’s Pick My Project initiative but were unsuccessful in our bid, so we are now investigating other options such as additional funding under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.